Israel Dagg sorry for 'fag' tweet
June 16, 2013
Israel Dagg has run into a Twitter storm © Getty Images
Israel Dagg has fallen from grace after starring in the All Blacks' 30-0 victory over France on Saturday after using the word "fag" in a tweet.
Dagg called Blues player Brendon O'Connor a "fag", a comment that attracted widespread criticism that led to the player admitting to a "wrong choice of word" in a later tweet on Sunday. "Don't let it ruin ya Sunday, keep smiling," Dagg posted subsequently.
Former New Zealand women's rugby player and now opposition MP Louisa Wall said the All Blacks had a responsibility not to use offensive language. "They fail to recognise the responsibility they have as leaders in New Zealand society, and the influence they have on a whole generation not only of young people, but they represent all New Zealanders now," she told Fairfax News.
A representative of the group Queer Avengers, Sara Fraser, told ZB news of her disgust. "Really it's just indicative of the fact that although we now have marriage equality and things on the surface appear to be getting better, in actual fact they're not."
New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country to legalise same-sex marriage in April.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin
With the World Cup only a few months away, the last thing France needed was doubts over the future of their coach, writes Huw Richards
They came to Murrayfield looking to put down a marker, but Scotland were sent home with their tails between their legs, writes Tristan Barclay
The controversial tackling technique will be in full swing in Dublin on Sunday, writes Conor O'Shea, and could be a decisive factor for Ireland